West Highland Way

West Highland Way

Scotland » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Scotland’s most famous long distance hiking trail
  • Hiking into the heart of Trossachs National Park
  • Wilderness landscape across Rannoch Moor
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From 505 €

Duration (days): 7/8/9

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Discover the spectacular landscape of Scotland’s western highlands on the West Highland Way. The West Highland Way is a classic long distance self-guided walk, covering 152 kilometres (95 miles) from Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow, to Fort William in the Highlands. Towering mountains, tranquil lochs and rushing rivers combine to reward you with a unique and ever changing landscape. Best described as Scotland’s finest long distance walk, the trail is well way marked and offers a thoroughly rewarding walking adventure.The route travels along the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, across the atmospheric Rannoch Moor, past dramatic Glencoe and onwards to finish at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.
The West Highland Way is one of the classic treks of the world and is undertaken by many people of all ages from across the world, making it a fun and social trek. On this self-guided walking trip, we arrange your accommodation each evening and baggage transfer, as well as supplying you with detailed hiking route notes and maps so that you get the most out of this wonderful trek.

Follow the original troute (below) or choose a shorter program (scroll down for details):

9 days / 8 nights

Day 1: Travel to Milngavie and spend the evening at your first nights’ accommodation.

Day 2: Milngavie to Drymen (19 km)
Leave Milngavie and head for the lowlands and the picturesque village of Drymen. Enjoy easy walking through rolling farmland perhaps visiting Glengoyne Whisky Distillery along the way.
Day 3: Drymen to Rowardennan (24 km)
The West Highland Way heads through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and a climb over Conic Hill to the village of Balmaha provides wonderful views over Loch Lomond. It’s then a walk up the Eastern shores of Loch Lomond to Rowardennan.
Day 4: Rowardennan to Inverarnan (22 km)
Continuing along the banks of the Loch, the track rises and falls giving tremendous views of the surrounding water and hills. Enter Glen Falloch and continue on to Inverarnan where you will find the legendary Drovers Inn.
Day 5: Inverarnan to Tyndrum (19 km)
The route continues up Glen Falloch along old military roads as the great peaks around Crianlarich come into view. You'll enjoy some superb views of Ben More before descending into the village of Tyndrum.
Day 6: Tyndrum to Kings House (31 km)
On this fantastic day of hiking, the West Highland Way passes through some of the finest scenery in the Highlands as it climbs up past Loch Tulla then across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor to Glencoe. Stay in the remote and historic Kingshouse Hotel.
Day 7: KingsHouse to Kinlochleven (14 km)
From Kingshouse the route follows the old military road to the Devil's Staircase. A climb to the top of this high mountain pass will provide stunning views of the mountains of Glencoe and then descend into the small village of Kinlochleven.
Day 8: Kinlochleven to Fort William (24 km)
On the final leg of your West Highland Way walk continue along an old military road through the hills, before descending into Glen Nevis for your first sight of Ben Nevis. Your walk will follow the River Ness for the final couple of miles before ending at Gordon Square in the centre of Fort William.
Day 9: Onward Travel

8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Milngavie
Day 2: Milngavie to Balmaha (30 km)
Day 3: Balmaha to Inverarnan (35 km)
Day 4: Inverarnan to Tyndrum (19 km)
Day 5: Tyndrum to Kingshouse (31 km)
Day 6: Kingshouse to Kinlochleven (14km)
Day 7: 
Kinlochleven to Fort William (24 km)
Day 8: Onward Travel

7 days / 6 nights

Day 1: Milngavie
Day 2: Milngavie to Balmaha (30 km)
Day 3: Balmaha to Inverarnan (35 km)
Day 4: Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy (32 km)
Day 5: Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven (34 km)
Day 6: Kinlochleven to Fort William (16 km)
Day 7: Onward Travel


Accommodation and luggage transportation:
The accommodation for this trip involves a combination of small hotels, guest houses and traditional B&Bs (we offer different style/type BBs on different price (check the Prices tab for further details). Our accommodation partners are carefully chosen according to a number of factors - charming locations, good facilities and a reputation for providing Highland hospitality. Many are small, owner-managed establishments where you can be assured of a highly personal service. Breakfast is included in the price for Standard and Premium options and is provided each morning. Packed lunches and evening meals are available at a number of locations along the route. Luggage transfers are included all days.

Itinerary 9 Days / 8 Nights 8 Days / 7 Nights 7 Days / 6 Nights
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505 Euros
Budget option: Hostels & B&Bs
Standard option: Guest Houses, B&Bs & some Hotels (some rooms may have shared WC/shower)
Premium option: Superior Guest Houses & Hotels (en-suite rooms guaranteed!)

This is the most popular long-distance toute in the UK. Accommodations are small and get booked well ahead of time. Book early to avoid disappoiintment. This will also leave us better choice in terms of accommodations, providing en-suite rooms.

Single room supplement: 
Budget: 30 Euros per person per night
Standard: 35 Euros per person per night
Premium: 50 Euros per person per night

Group size: min. 2 persons

The price includes: 7 nights accommodation (breakfast included for Standard & Premium options only!); Daily door to door baggage transfer of 1 bag of up to 20kg per person; detailed route notes in English and 1x West Highland Way map per group; Emergency telephone support 

The price does not include: Transfers to Milngavie or from Fort William; Any additional transfers required if unable to walk; Other meals and drinks;Travel insurance; Any entrance fees, admissions or services not specified.

Tips: It is best to fly in and out of Glasgow, preferably arriving the day before you start hiking. If the first night is in Glasgow trains run every 15 minutes to Milngavie and cost £2.90 and take 25 minutes. The trail starts just outside Glasgow (the trailhead is reached by train). From here you can take a taxi (20 min/£25) to Milngavie or take the airport shuttle to Glasgow Central Station (£5/20 min) and then train to Milngavie (£2.90/25 min). At the end of the trail, you can travel back to Glasgow by a very scenic train journey (4hours/3-4 per day) or bus (3 hours/4-5 per day). If you have more time and want to extend your holiday there are some great options. You could spend an extra night in Fort William and climb Ben Nevis – Scotland’s highest mountain at 1343m.